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ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Halloween Party Favor Bags: To Buy or To Do It Yourself

halloween linen bags

halloween linen bags
photo credits: Vicki Lynn Photography at HGTV  – available at The TomKat Studio Shop $9.99 USD for 6

If you throw an Halloween, Halloween party favor bags are a must. One option is to print, draw, stencil, stamp or embroider an illustration on a paper bag or a muslin bag. The other is to buy handmade bags. Either way, you will get something that stands out from the crowd.

halloween treat bags
sourcing: Luchador Spider Treat Bags by Maple & Belmont $3.50 USD for 5

Handcrafted Paper Bags

halloween treat bags
sourcing: Happy Halloween goodie bags by Maple & Belmont $3.50 USD for 5

These cheerful 2-color models are produced by a husband and wife team from Norfolk,Virginia. Their treat bags are available on their Website Maple & Belmont.

halloween card collection
sourcing: Halloween card collection by Maple & Belmont $18 for set of 5 cards

While you are shopping at Maple & Belmont, have a look at their Halloween card collection.


sourcing: spooky Halloween gift bags by momentinthesun $24 CAD for 12 bags

My next suggestion are these spooky Halloween gift bags with scary skeletons, wicked witches and poison labels. These little shopping bags feature an handle. They are made by Tracey of momentinthesun, a girl from Vancouver.

halloween ghostly popcorn bags diy

Better Homes & Gardens teaches us how to transform a plain vellum bag into a ghostly popcorn or candy bag in 3 simple steps.  First, curve the top edge with scissors. Make the eyes by glueing two wiggle eyes to the front. For take-out bags, I would punch holes on both sides to close the bag with a tied bow.

Spider treat bags diy
photo credits: Pillowhead Designs on Flickr

The next DIY idea uses leftovers. You create your own spider treat bags by sewing pieces of paper grocery bags. For the spiders, Angela of Pillowhead Designs use felt, a black marker and googly eyes.

Fabric Gift Bags for Halloween

If you are looking for a reusable option, then, fabric party bags are the way to go.

Party Favor Bags for a gothic halloween party

For a Gothic Halloween party, add a touch of glam with Swarovski rhinestones.  $12 USD for 6 by kathyjacobson on Etsy.

halloween boo candy bags

You only need to supply the treats with the next set. It includes 20 Halloween trick or treat organic muslin cotton treat bags and 20 Boo kraft gift tags. $34 USD for 20 by JennifersCookies. Note that Jennifer has many more drawings to choose from.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Etsy Finds: Mini Planters

etsy mini thimble planter diy

etsy mini thimble planter diy

Though they may just be removed for styling purposes, we’ve noticed that many homes featured in shelter magazines and on design blogs rarely include plant life, except for a bouquet or two of cut flowers. Not only do houseplants bring life to an indoors pace, they help detoxify the air in your home and they’ve even been shown to increase productivity in the workplace.

Thumbs not so green? Winter may not be the best time of year to dig in, but starting small – make that mini! – can be a fun way to test the soils.

etsy mini garden cork magnet terrarium

Last week Etsy’s weekly How-Tuesday blog column featured practical tips on creating wee gardens and low-maintenance terrariums using unexpected household containers, like thimbles, wine corks, teacups and shot glasses.

All it takes is a small cutting from a hardy houseplant (ask your gardening guru friend) and a creative container to get started. Once you’ve mastered the mini garden, you’ll be on to greener pastures in no time.

Still not so sure? Check out the Etsy Sellers below for adorable, affordable options.

SOURCING:
+ How Houseplants Keep You Healthy from Canadian Gardening Magazine
+ Micro-Planter and Terrarium How-To on the Etsy Blog
+ Set of 3 Tiny Terrariums by TortoiseLovesDonkey
+ Succulent Cork Magnets by AlissaRose
+Vintage Thimble Planters by DoodleBirdie

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

Note Cards by The Beautiful Project | Etsy Finds

let's get together card

let's get together card

The Beautiful Project is the work of Jeannette, a red-hair Vancouver Web designer and graphic artist. She has a thing for vintage items. Sending a card should not be only on Holidays or for birthday. You can make an every day invite more personal by sending a note card to invite a friend for a chat in front a cup of coffee or tea.

flowers in mason jar thank you card

She put her twist on the traditional Thank You cards and Birthday Cards. The Beautiful Project’s note cards can be found at selected retail stores, at goodEGG Industries and on Etsy. Most of her birthday cards are unisex. A few models are suitable for kids.

retro style happy birthday card for him or her

You save if you buy a bundle of 6 cards at $20. I do not know about you but I will order some.

SOURCING:
+ Let’s Get Together note card $4 USD on Etsy
+ Mason Jar of Flowers Thank You note card $4
+ Retro Inspired Birthday Card. Happy Birthday and Eat Lots of Cake notecard $4